HC Deb 24 February 1943 vol 387 cc152-3
29. Wing-Commander Hulbert

asked the Secretary of State for Air to what extent the policy of employing Women's Auxiliary Air Force personnel as balloon operators has been modified; and whether he can make any statement on this matter?

Sir A. Sinclair

The policy of employing women as balloon operators has been fully justified by results and has not been changed. Any suggestions that the duties are unsuitable for women are quite unfounded. Establishments of balloon squadrons as of other units are, of course, adjusted from time to time in the light of experience and to meet changing operational requirements.

Wing-Commander Hulbert

In view of the very ill-informed statements which have been issued in the last few weeks, will the right hon. Gentleman see that the statement that he has made to-day gets as much publicity as possible?

Sir A. Sinclair

I am sure the hon. and gallant Gentleman's Question will have that effect.

Captain C. S. Taylor

Has the right hon. Gentleman considered the possibility of calling for part-time volunteers?

Mr. Deputy-Speaker

That does not arise out of the Question.